Sunday, September 20, 2020

What Would You Do?

  

What would you do to stop a toddler who wanders into a busy street with a truck heading its way? I’d be running and grabbing that little one no matter what it cost me. 

 

How I wish I’d been more aware in 1973 of the momentous event occurring. I caught murmurs on the news but didn’t take it seriously. Few did. The idea that abortion would become the law of the land and a woman could kill her own child was incredible! Yes we knew there were women who made this sad choice for difficult reasons, but to legitimize this as a new normal was unthinkable.

 

I was busily caught up raising four children ages one, six, nine and ten. No time to be involved in politics. Surely compassionate, intelligent people wouldn’t allow abortion against God’s creation? Shock and horror came. I remember standing in my kitchen in amazement when the announcement was made that abortion had become legal in every state. 

 

The mind and heart of a woman, her role as a life-giver, a nurturer, a protector of the unborn was switched into a whimsical, potential destroyer of a developing human being entrusted to her.

 

Women especially young girls said surely now abortion can’t be wrong, because it’s legal. But God, but God…says otherwise. I wonder if the plagues and natural disasters among us aren’t His response to the blood of sixty million children poured out upon American soil. Read the Old Testament along with the New and you’ll learn that God can become passionately angry. These murdered children were God’s gifts to us, future creators and sustainers for our  world.

 

I have always been for equal rights for women, I loved that Jesus made this value abundantly clear in multiple ways, but I’ll never endorse a woman’s right to choose exterminating her child.

There are always women and men waiting prayerfully for a newborn baby to adopt and love for a lifetime. Plus, a natural delivery is typically safer for a woman than an abortion procedure, and doesn’t endanger her ability to have children in the future, if she chooses.

 

The argument that women would have “back alley abortions” anyway doesn’t hold. Have you checked out some of the filthy, unclean Planned Parenthood abortion mills – see the movie “Unplanned.” 

 

Before 1973, a woman knew abortion wasn’t right, maybe expedient at the moment, but wrong. Now we give young girls the message it’s okay to be promiscuous – no consequences – if you conceive, kill it. Women who are inconvenienced temporarily by another child, no problem, get rid of it. Does any thinking person believe the number of abortions yearly hasn’t increased exponentially compared to pre-1973?

 

Bottom line, I will vote for Donald Trump because he’s giving me a chance to overthrow Roe vs. Wade in my lifetime. I urge you to do the same, not based on his personality or morality, but because he’s kept the other promises he made to the American people and I believe he’ll keep this one. 

 

I believe if we get the sanctity of life message wrong, we destroy our foundation as human beings and we grieve the God who created us. We were made to live and act and love according to His image. 

 


Children grow up in the most delightful ways as you can see from the family picture above.

 

Psalm 36:9 “You [God] are the giver of life. Your light lets us enjoy life.”

 

Ecclesiastes 12:9 “But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do.”

Sunday, September 13, 2020

A Fearless Mindset

 HAVE NO FEAR. Three little words. What peace they give to a mind determined to live by them.

A fearless mindset can be cultivated. However, it isn’t a guarantee that nothing bad will ever happen to us or our loved ones.

 

This past month our granddaughter Katie, age 29, was hit by a truck while her van stood still at an intersection waiting to turn. They driver fell asleep at the wheel going 35 miles per hour. Katie had her three -year-old and one and a half -year-old in in their car seats in back. Katie is seven-months pregnant.  Her collarbone was badly broken, her head was cut and bled profusely and her children were traumatized as they watched an ambulance take their mother to the hospital. Fortunately Grandma quickly arrived on the scene. Monitoring tests show that the unborn baby is okay! Katie’s collarbone surgery required a plate and four screws, but she will recover and the totaled van has been replaced. Praise God, in six months or so, life will be “normal” again. 

 



Where was God in this? God does not abandon us when we are afflicted. In fact, He has warned us this world is not a perfect place and bad things do happen. Precious Katie’s words to me were Grandma, “Pray that I’ll learn any lessons from this experience that God wants to teach me. It’s humbling to require help to do the simplest things.” My prayer for Katie and her distressed husband is that unexpected blessings will come their way even from this tragic event. Katie trusts God and refuses to live in fear from anything. She understands when Scripture says “In this world you will have tribulations, but have no fear for I have overcome the world.“

 

My friend Mary Kay has a box called SFGD with a pen and pad of paper next to it. When anything troubles her, she writes it down and then chooses to forget about. What do the letters stand for?  SOMETHING FOR GOD TO DO. Great idea for us all.

 

WRITING UPDATE

 

EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW BOOK BABY:

 

Parent’s Treasurebox of Ideas, Tips To Help You Teach Your Child contains teaching tips to help your child succeed. Easy, at home strategies for enriching your child’s education Whether you’re supplementing school education or currently the primary educator, I promise these educational ideas are powerful and fun. Plus, it has creative visuals to add to the enjoyable experience.



 

It’s available in print or as an ebook through amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Parents-Treasure-Box-IDEAS-Teach/dp/0979989582/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=judith+rolfs+parent%27s+treasure+Box&qid=1600053586&s=books&sr=1-2

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Life and Emotions

 I'm pondering what it would be like if we had no feelings – emotionless humans. Life would be rather bleak. Some may say “sounds great – no ups and downs - steady blahs all the time.” Seems to me, deep down, we all know how boring that would be. No compassion, no emotional engagement in movies we watch, no delight or distress over anything or anyone.

Emotions are very powerful, yet not often discussed in depth. First of all, “Thank You” to our creative Lord for giving us the gift of our strong emotions. It’s these which trigger our thoughts which can lead to actions. We all need motivation.

 

With emotions comes the need to exert control over them because they can become unruly. Left unchecked emotions can utterly disrupt our peace.

 

This past Christmas I bought gifts from Hobby Lobby of inspiring metal plaques for everyone in the family, myself included. Mine says, “I Think I’ll Just Be Happy Today.” 


Yes, it is possible to create the emotion of happiness within yourself. In fact we have a command from our loving Lord to rejoice daily. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice in it.” Psalm 118:24. How can we cultivate happy feelings? Here are three ways:

 

1. Have you tried having a conversation with God if you’re sad or lonely? Listen for a response from Your omnipresent and eternal God. You are never alone or unloved! If you need assistance my book Jesus Time can help get your conversations started.

 

2. Have you spent time in nature recently, whether it’s sitting for an hour on your front porch or going for a daily walk? This is a truly an emotionally restorative activity. The natural world reminds us that God is ultimately in control and there’s beauty and order to be found around us. 

 

3. Have you read up on heaven? It’s a wonderful place. My pastor had a near death experience (NE). He described the event vividly and said he didn’t want to leave but was told he had to go back because his mission on earth wasn’t yet complete. Perhaps you want to read of similar experiences in the book Imagine Heaven by James Burke. Whether you live or die you can be okay and your loved ones also.

 

It’s possible to know for certain that you’re going to heaven someday. How can you be sure? Here’s how. Repent for any past wrongdoing. Choose to love, obey and depend upon God with all your mind and heart and love your neighbor as you do yourself. Then live peacefully and joyfully as directed by the Holy Spirit. Yes, it’s that simple.

 

You have every reason to choose the emotion of joy and peace no matter what crazy things are happening in the world around you. You’re welcome to view my free videos on this topic at YouTube-Judith Rolfs  1. DOWN Days, Controlling Your Emotions 2. Stop Emotional Clutter and 3. Worry, How To Stop Doing It.  You may want to subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notices when new videos are released. May every viewer be blessed!

 

However, and this is VERY important, if you’re skirting with clinical depression do seek godly professional counsel IMMEDIATELY Sometimes we all can benefit from a Feelings-lift. J

 

WRITING UPDATE:

 

Lots going on this month! 

 

Cover design and final formatting is underway for my husband Wayne’s 2nd volume of Thoughts For Today, Words For Tomorrow. This collection of mini-essays is from the inspirational daily messages Wayne sends our family and friends.

 

My book Parent’s Treasurebox of Ideas, originally released in 1985, is being republished because of its timeliness. The book is packed with ideas for parents or grandparents who are involved in the education of young children. It has a corresponding YouTube video available now - the book will be released in September.

 

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Have you ever tried memorizing Scripture? You can have instant joy and comfort for yourself anywhere, anytime. How? Try it, you’ll see. This is a good Scripture for starters:

“It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night…For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord; I sing for joy at what your hands have done. How great are Your works, Lord…” Psalm 92: 1-5 




Saturday, July 18, 2020

Our World On Pause

Strange circumstances - a total change in our lifestyle because of a deadly virus!
I reflect upon why would God allow this virus to come among us? Do we have this plague because God has removed His protective shield around the world and particularly America, the country founded on godly principles in His name?  I’m not saying God caused Covid, although we know He’s allowed it. Why?
Are there any things in our behaviors that may be displeasing to our beloved Father? Perhaps the fact that Scripture teaches that those leaders in authority over us, whether popular or not, are put there by the hand of God. If we do not respect the President God has placed in a position to lead us and fill the airways with hate against him trying to remove him in multiple ways from his rightful position, does this displease God? 
What about the poor? Have we surrendered our responsibility for their lives to government and depend on it to give out food and clothing and shelter instead of our personal interaction helping the poor?  It’s been beautiful to observe all the recent actions of neighbors helping one another. Shouldn’t we do more?
Many are appalled each day at the deaths occurring from COVID-19 and rightfully so because every life is precious. What must God think of the deaths that occur among us daily because we abort the precious gifts of life He sends into our world? If we do not speak against this or if we vote for someone knowing they would allow babies to be murdered, we are also guilty of advancing abortion. 
We see the semi-confinement we now live in, and realize how quickly our world can change in this country founded upon God’s name and principles. Some have tried to strip away reminders of God’s influence and remove the practice of public prayer completely. Have we allowed this by silence?
Consider the beautiful gift of language God has given us and look at current movies where the most common dialogue is four letter words not uplifting, noble or praiseworthy. Yet we do not insist this language be removed even though we have been given the gift of brains and sensitivity and know the value of using good vocabulary. Why do we allow these inappropriate movies to be created and foisted upon our vulnerable youth? 
And do we teach children our firm belief and state with all our heart that this world was created by our loving God - the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Evolution on the macro level is factually impossible. Each human being is created by God for a purpose.
And what about climate change? The world created by God is in a constant state of change, it’s not stationery, yet all stays within a perfect order. How it exults the pride of humans to think that there’s truly something we could do to change the environment we live in! True we’re to guard, protect and not abuse the earth, but how haughty to think we could control the warming or cooling of the world by our choices.
Yes we all, me certainly, have sinned. The holy word of God commands that we are not to judge whether someone is connected to Jesus - will they be  going to heaven or hell. But we are to lovingly judge behaviors and point out when someone is missing the way of truth with gentleness and love and guide them back on the path because yes we are our brother’s keeper. Do we wimp out with the excuse we mustn’t offend anyone?
Homosexuality is clearly a grievous offense against God. Are we willing to say that even though we have homosexual friends or family members?  And all of the transgender confusion foisted upon vulnerable children is absolutely wrong.  It’s contrary to the sexual creation of each human being and damages perhaps an already damaged sense of sexual identity. 
I am asking myself these questions as well as God awakens me at two in the morning. I can’t go back to sleep until I ponder and communicate these thoughts in some way. Any lessons from this plague I hope to learn. What’s the solution?
This is a good time for more hours studying the love message of God written for us in His Word that’s so available today. And for praying that we all put this Divine Pause to good use and re-open fully to a better world. We can pray that filling the airwaves with hate and calling it news will stop.
Almighty God is the one true real source of power among us. And because of His unconditional love and care we can always live with hope for the future. We need never fear, nor must we allow ourselves to succumb to worry.
We can acknowledge the love and power of God and seek to be his servants as He commanded as we care for one another. We are not to be so busy that we can’t have eyes to see and hands to help. 
Together we can be more mindful of what is most important and spread God’s love. Let this be a new great awakening with wonders among us. Let me, let you, let each of us be worthy of the name Christian.

Psalm 22:4-5 “In Thee our fathers trusted; they trusted and thou didst deliver them. To Thee they cried out, and were delivered; in Thee they trusted and were not disappointed.”


WRITING AND SPEAKING UPDATE

This was to be my sabbatical year with no speaking events! How could I foretell what was to happen worldwide!
I've been busy all the same. I’m very excited about my new YouTube Channel - Judith Rolfs. You’ll find me there reading some of my modern fairy tale stories from my recent book Unforgettable Stories For Kids with moral messages. 
Plus, you know how passionate I am about promoting happy family life so I also present lots of videos with marriage and family tips. Come visit my YouTube channel and feel free to share anything you wish.
Here’s a link. Subscribe if you like and you’ll be notified when I post new videos.


FAMILY NEWS - PICTURE
Our grandson DJ (far right) married Jennifer as our grandson Paster Steven officiated on June 20, 2020. Welcome to the family Jennifer!


Sunday, May 31, 2020

Amazing Einstein and God

I've always been enormously impressed by Einstein. Several years ago I read his extensive biography. His spirituality most impressed me. He said the reason he KNEW he could look for scientific equations about the universe was because he believed we have a Creator who perfectly synchronized all of creation. Einstein taught himself calculus at the age of 14. In 1921, He earned his doctorate from the University of Zurich, and wrote papers on electromagnetic energy, relativity, and statistical mechanics. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics. Einstein was a Jewish immigrant who taught at Princeton and ended up staying in the United States, becoming a citizen in 1940. 

Not surprisingly, Einstein has been misquoted numerous times and accused of being an atheist. He responded: "In view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what really makes me angry is that they quote me for the support of such views."

Einstein stated in another interview: "I'm absolutely not an atheist . . . The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God. We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws."

His other quotes include:
  • "God Almighty does not throw dice."
  • "Before God we are all equally wise - equally foolish."
  • "My religiosity consists of a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality
  • "'God' is a mystery. But a comprehensible mystery. I have nothing but awe when I observe the laws of nature. 
Einstein also stated: "The fanatical atheists . . . are like slaves who are still feeling the weight of their chains which they have thrown off after hard struggle. They are creatures who - in their grudge against the traditional 'opium of the people' - cannot bear the 'music of the spheres.'"

Hmmm . . . What did he mean about the music of the spheres?  The "music of the spheres" is a religious concept used through the Medieval-Renaissance period to describe an "orbital resonance" or reverberation character of the planets.

When asked "To what extent are you influenced by Christianity?" Einstein answered:
"As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene." When asked "Have you read Emil Ludwig's book on Jesus," Einstein replied: "Emil Ludwig's Jesus is shallow. Jesus is too colossal for the pen of phrasemongers, however artful. No man can dispose of Christianity with a bon mot! (witty remark)" When asked "Do you accept the historical existence of Jesus?" Einstein answered: "Unquestionably! No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life."

I found this very interesting as I thought about the Bible being alive and sharper than any two-edged sword.

Make no mistake there are plenty of scientists who are atheists, but Einstein was not among them. Whether this genius or another believes in Jesus however so interesting, should be irrelevant in our personal search for God. The Bible tells us we don't have to be a genius to discover Him nor win a Nobel Prize. We must simply come as little children amazed by the intelligence required for His creation and awestruck at His capacity for love and compassion.

God wants us to come before Him as children, because children are innocent, and trust with a pure, uncorrupted heart. Faith builds character, which starts when you are a child. Without faith, we cannot please God. "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." (Hebrews 11:6) Adults tend to become cynical with age. Let's not!
 [I'm indebted to my friend and fellow author Bob Williamson for some of this info on Einstein.]
Matthew 18:3 "Assuredly, I say to you, unless you change and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven."

 Writing Update:

100,000 BOOK ORDERS - I'VE REACHED AN EXCITING MILESTONE - thanks to you for every order! And because of amazon I now have readers in India, Japan, Spain, Canada, UK, Australia and Africa. I also appreciate the private local bookstores who have sold my books like Angelus, Cornerstone, Dust Bunny and Breadloaf Books. I'm truly humbled and grateful. May each book be a blessing to you and every reader!

 My New project -YouTube Judith Rolfs channel of Fun, Family and Faith video presentations is coming along. It's been quite a learning curve for me technologically. Check it out - still in baby stages but operational. I hope to provide a place for you to get quick inspiration as a mom or grandma. Plus, you can comment back to let me know what you'd like to see. So far I have short videos on Dealing With Worry and Getting Along With Your Spouse when you're together 24 hours a day like during Covid. Also I read aloud some of my Unforgettable Stories For Kids which is my featured book on amazon this month.
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May your June be filled with God's blessings and safe connections with people again!!!



Saturday, May 9, 2020

MOTHER'S DAY REFLECTIONS


[I have a guest author on my blog today, my husband, Wayne Rolfs, who has become an amazing writer and sends out a daily inspirational blog. Let me know if you want to be on his list.]


Let's pretend you get a surprise call.  It’s about your mother!  Bad news, no it could be great news!  Someone has entered her in the local "Mother of the Year Contest."  You, her son/daughter, have been asked to help in their contest by providing any facts, people, events, that would aid the committee in their selection of "Mother of the Year.” The winner will receive an all expenses paid week vacation to the destination of their choice:  Hawaii, Europe, or any country or state.

Some answers to questions they would like from you, about your mom, include the following:
1.  How did she show her love for you?  
2. What personal character qualities did you admire in her?
3. Can you remember two-three extraordinary times when you felt a special connection with her?
4.  Who were her closest friends and why?
5.  What could you share of her spiritual beliefs and practices and how did they impact you?
6. What would you say was her most desirable attribute?  And finally,
7.  What one or two words would best describe your mother?

Perhaps you and I can take a few of these questions and discuss them this Mother’s Day, you may have your own special thoughts for honoring mom, whether she’s living or dead, what are they?

Yes, as we all remember our mothers this Mother's Day, reflections are in order and the questions above might surface dear, sweet memories of why your mom was special to you.  I didn’t say perfect, none of us are.  For your additional reflections, below is what someone said about their mother.  Author Unknown.
                 
“You were my fairy tale princess, So much larger than life.
You were my angel and my witness through all my pain and strife.
At times you made me angry, great words I would proclaim.
 How someday you’d be sorry, you were the one to blame.
 But when I needed comforting you always found time.
 Your words were more soothing than days of childhood sublime.
 Now the distance holds us apart, the boundaries have no end.
I’ll hold the memories in my heart. You're my mother, my best friend.”
Another person once said about their mom:   “When you’re a child, she walks before you to set an example.  When you’re a teenager, she walks behind you to be there should you need her.
When you’re an adult she walks beside you, and together share life’s blessings and trials.”  She is there.

What a special gift God has given us, Mothers, for without them we could never have gotten here.  Amen. Thank you all mothers!!   WTR
“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded.” Deuteronomy 5:16


JUDITH'S WRITING UPDATE

I'm working on an exciting new project - My own You Tube channel offering free video presentations on family topics using material from my counseling training and marriage, family and children's books. The videos will also be available on Preach The Word Cable TV Network. If you'd like a preview click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXIRtQGmA77eHR9ZWHi50Cw Very soon, hopefully within two months the channel will be ready for its premiere launch. You can subscribe now.

A Blessed Mother’s Day To All!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Thriving Midst the Uncertainty


Not Survive –Thrive 

Those of us alive now will always remember when our world turned inside out and upside down. Normality ended and, even worse, we began to wonder if it would ever return. We are forced to look at everything in new ways. Human proximity is now a danger. Can it be? 

The family events that sometimes seem to have been inconvenient we long for. The jobs, the income, the sometimes annoying work settings, the tedious commutes, gone in a flash. We long for what once we carelessly took for granted. The church services we now attend online and often watch more than one even if it’s not our usual denomination. 

What of weddings and showers? Think of all the months, sometimes years, of planning – poof – not to be for now and maybe never in the future, at least not as originally planned. 
How about the spring travelers? The “I’ll go where and when I want - don’t tell me what to do”  - sadly these go-ers and do-ers are powerless.

For funerals we no longer worry about ceremonies. Instead there are very humble endings and simple burials, slipping off into eternity without much fanfare. Perhaps, it is the best way after all, I know it sounds good to me.

Sometimes I step back and observe. Does the way we’re living seem as absurd to you as to me? Like a Twilight Zone episode? And then the biggest unknown of all - what shall we open to? There’s much to consider here. I realize life with these economic  setbacks will be hard. Few have escaped unharmed, but then perhaps it’s been more of a focus than it should’ve been in all our pasts.

The inner message we all hear is that we are not as much in control over our own lives as we once thought. Did government alone stop our life? I wonder. It seems to me God allowed this. Why? To get our attention. Have we been neglectful in obeying His commands to love Him with all our hearts and obey His commandments? That’s something for each of us to ponder.

Nevertheless, I enter each day with hope. Why? Because it’s our daily inheritance as a Christian - hope and joy, as well. What God has allowed we will endure with his grace. Grace? It’s not just a word but an empowerment to lift our heads and expect good ahead. 

I’m doing some things I’d long intended to do. My newest work is creating YouTube video presentations of some of the talks I’ve given over the years and using some of the helpful material from my marriage and parenting books and even mystery novels. For this I’ve launched my own You-Tube channel of inspiration for family life. Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXIRtQGmA77eHR9ZWHi50Cw/videos You’d bless me by liking it and subscribing. I’ll have a new video each week.

Something else I’ve been doing, like many of you, is sorting the “treasures” I’ve stored for years in my attic, garage, and under-the-bed boxes. As I do, I’m sweetly savoring the memories they represent. I’ve organized my shopping to once a week, quick in and out with a list,  no running to the store for this and that. I happily re-organized my neglected pantry and drawers to hold more supplies. I doubt if any of these activities would’ve occurred had we never had this shelter- in-place opportunity.

Now simply walking down the street with a family member while social distancing is my favorite form of entertainment. Getting carry-out food from a restaurant is a risky privilege and huge treat. We have a new norm not as good as what once was but enjoyable and in some ways even a little better. Again clearly reminding us over and over we’re not in charge. God is. 

Some change of mind and heart has helped us all cope. Have you noticed arrogance has largely evaporated? Humility has emerged. As for equality we’re all on the same level rich and poor. NOT one of us can leave home without sufficient reason and thought. Love and kindness have multiplied exponentially. We now have time and focus to see the real needs of others and use our gifts to be of help. These are the news stories that give us joy despite the death counts at the end of each day. 

I pray we won’t all simply survive but thrive in multiple ways. Again we see more clearly… God‘s unconditional love for each of us is a forever thing and how rich we are when we realize this! Whatever happens, victory is His and ours always!

“Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed.” John 14:27 AMP

Saturday, April 11, 2020

A Most Unusual Easter 


Blessed Easter dear family and friends. This Easter  churches are closed, but fortunately the presence of God still pervades our universe on this day and forever.

In the past I've taken attending church services for granted and now I'm truly missing being there. Ever  wonder why so many people typically attend and why worshipping God means so much?  I believe devout churchgoers experience an invisible but certain refreshment to their souls. It's called grace.

I know this to be true: A breath of Jesus and your breathing changes forever. The Spirit called Holy, the joygiver, patience-maker, wisdom worker, will change you within, in wondrous ways you know you couldn’t do alone. 

You experience an awesome life-giving immersion in the love of God and the love of brothers and sisters. And really encounter in one another, with heart eyes, this Jesus all the fuss is over - this God plus Man reaching out and reaching within to transform us into HIs image through community.

That's why church matters. I pray when the doors reopen churches will be flooded with people. In the meantime, quiet contemplation, candles and songs and Zoom with our precious loved ones will have to do.

We wish you a most joyous unusual Easter! 

                    

Thoughts about Crosses

Crosses, crosses everywhere.
Metal crosses with clean, sharp lines,
Wooden crosses with carved, intricate symbols,
Crosses of ceramic, collectors of dust on walls,
Whose owners have ceased to see them.
Ornamental crosses hanging around necks
Filled with meaning or meaningless?
Invisible crosses carried throughout lives
With dignity and determination.
Holy crosses that serve as reminders
Of one sacred cross carried
And a precious life sacrificed --
The cross that made kingdom dwellers
Of common people like you and me
Because God was glorified upon it
This Calvary cross brings grace to us -
Redemption and Resurrection.

(c) from Breathless 2012


BLESSED EASTER!

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Swirl and Whirl

Do you feel caught up in the swirl and whirl of the Corona virus events going on around you? At times I do. I’m writing these thoughts today as a reminder for myself as well as you. Lack of structure, huge change and uneasiness over the future are not pleasant and they’re running rampant. If you’re a thinker like me you like to know what’s going on and have an advance plan.

At times like this tension can become a vibrating sensation IF YOU AND I LET IT. Then it’s time to put into action what I call God’s CCC Plan which is always effective, but we have to remember to use it! CCC stands for staying CALM, CHEERFUL, AND CONSISTENT.

When we choose to be calm, cheerful, and consistent we’re visibly displaying our Christian beliefs. We know God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) The circumstances of the world around us don’t change, but we stay focused on trusting God with every detail of our lives. We don’t fear the future which makes all the difference! We keep operating in a straight line instead of a circular fashion ending up flustered and emotionally unsettled.

The CCC Plan is important to model for our adult children and grandchildren. When we stay calm, cheerful, and act consistently with our beliefs, the atmosphere within our families becomes peaceful.  

Is this all just psychobabble? No, the principle is as old as the Bible. Jesus taught the CCC Plan, and He always modeled it. Take the storm on the Sea of Galilee when the frantic apostles awakened Jesus. He could have jumped up and said, “Oh no, what are you going to do now?” Instead Jesus stayed cheerful and calm. He knew He could and would stop the storm, and we need to remember that He can stop our storms too. What a model of calmness, cheerfulness, and consistency we have in Jesus in John 1:14-22! Even in His anger when He cleansed the temple, Jesus showed control and turned the act into a lesson for His disciples. There are many incidents in the Gospels where Jesus shows  CCC. 

Here are some tips for staying calm, cheerful, and consistent during this troubled time:
1.     When you feel flustered, often your natural inclination is to rush ahead in your thoughts and movements. Instead, start to move and speak in slow motion. You regain mastery by being CCC. 
2.     You can calm or cheer yourself in seconds when you pray. Focusing on Jesus and His love for you can relax you. What you’re doing at the moment takes on a different perspective. 
3.     Think about something pleasant, relaxing, or rewarding that you’ve done or are going to do — a cup of tea, a note to send a friend, cozy time to read a book. For that book please check out my amazon author page for a devotional, or a mystery or a self-help book. Whatever your mood, I have a title for you.  Books are available from Angelus Gift Shop which has curb-side pick-up and mail order service or through Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Judith-Rolfs/e/B001KI0KLU?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_17&qid=1585279171&sr=1-17
4.     Picture yourself acting calm, cheerful, and consistent. Acting “as if” truly helps your body focus on becoming what you portray. Act brave, graceful, and determined. 
5.     Since cooperating with the inevitable is our only choice, let’s do it with CCC like an heir of God. CCC comes from knowing He has ultimate control.

I hope you find these thoughts helpful. At present, I’m enjoying my “shelter-at-home” time in our house in the Wisconsin woods while looking forward to a glorious spring and summer! Below is a picture of Wayne's recent birthday celebration with some of our precious family.

Thursday, February 13, 2020


Happy Valentine’s Day

I’m thinking of all the ways we can celebrate love on this special day.
 
Like with forgiveness, a beautiful form of love.

In fact what if Valentine’s Day could be renamed “I Will Grace You With Forgiveness Day”

 Valentine’s can be the time to forgive all past transgressions done against us by a parent, child, spouse, family member, or friend. Remember the song lines: “You always hurt the one you love, the one you shouldn’t hurt at all.”

It’s easy to cling to hurts, bad memories and tuck them deeply in our hearts. 
How much better are new starts, over and over, as often as necessary.

Forgiveness is what love does. It forgives and gives new starts.
Because that’s what Jesus does. Forgives and gives new starts.

“I Will Grace You With Forgiveness Day” says I will love you well even while you are becoming your best self, NOT I will abandon you until you become your best self.

The truth is we’re all in an ongoing process of becoming and will be until our last breath on earth is taken.

We’re going to be prodded, poked by life events and by people in our inner world.
You and I are being honed into holiness because we’re Christ lovers and Christ followers and that’s what He does for us.

How nice to know we’re always Christ’s Valentine, His beloved. Being accepted and loved empowers our vulnerable, tender hearts to have the strength to change and be better lovers of others. This empowers us to be love-givers and grace-givers –and forgiveness-givers and receivers. 

May this Valentine’s Day be Re-commitment Day.
May we deeply celebrate love
Abandon hurts
Search for blessings
Focus on the good
Even in our offenders.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

1 John4:7-11
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God send his only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him…beloved if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

Writing/Speaking Update

I’m happy to announce that, as some of you have requested, Love Always, Mom, How, When and Why God Heals Today is again available in print form thru amazon. 

I have no speaking or book signing events planned for 2020. This will be a sabbatical year to focus on writing book 4 in the Tommy Smurlee series and several other projects. I also hope to assemble Wayne’s excellent Thoughts on Life into a second book. And finally I want to pursue my passionate efforts to end abortion. For this your prayers are deeply appreciated. J



Thursday, November 28, 2019

So much to be thankful for! 

We see the beautiful spirit of compassion all around us. Monetary gifts pour forth for families in need. The bounty of thanksgiving baskets for the poor among us is always inspirational. On Friday our grandchildren and Wayne and I will pack hundreds of packets of food for children in areas of the world where food is not plentiful. What a privilege to meet the needs of others.

We’ve survived several medical crises these past years and are extremely grateful for the gift of health we experience this day and pray fervently for those who are ill.

We’re thankful to have experienced being an American all our lives. America is a very young country and one that we treasure. The freedoms we have are precious. Expressing opinion and sharing ideas without fear of being snatched from home and family– it’s incomprehensible for me to imagine otherwise. Yet, in other places on earth this is a very real concern.

We’re thankful God has gifted each of us with special abilities that make us capable of earning our living. What a great sense of independence and sufficiency this gives us personally as well as a mission to care for others less able.

The God of the eternal is also the God of our present and with joy we offer Him thanks and praise. We join with you in worship and gratitude. God knows what the future holds, and only Him. Thankfully, we have learned we can totally trust Him.

Thank You God for the gift of life, of family and love. May love and kindness prevail not just at this holiday season, but every day throughout our culture and across the world.
 
Blessed Thanksgiving!!!!
Judith and Wayne Rolfs

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Love Never Fails

Ramblings About Love
Interacting with others through love is the key. Jesus was not a man for others, He was one with them and there is a huge difference in that. The unfathomable work of God is accomplished if we are loving and obedient in the smallest aspects of the doings He allows us to participate in.
I have counseled divorced, broken men and women and seen divorced men and women who became whole. I have worked with alcohol and drug addicts, individuals experimenting with homosexual behavior, suicidal clients, every form of emotional pain and relational dysfunction. In fact, I don’t think there’s anything I have not experienced in my years of counseling. One conclusion I have come to is that everyone, every day, is looking for a fix and that fix is love.
Each of us wants to know that God made us lovable just as we are and that we are good, yes good enough. My message is to seek His truth and reason and never abandon hope. 
As a counselor I’m privileged to be a hope-giver. This requires connection without judgment. I do not judge others no matter what they tell me, and the wonder of this is that then the walls between us crumble and we can have honest conversations and work through them. We actually enrich one another which is the ultimate goal of all words that are shared.
I’m willing to express my deeply felt words that I know to be true with others (yes even my grandchildren and nephew in this picture), even if it means making myself vulnerable. I’m hopeful, but I’m not looking for results only giving honest words spoken with a tender heart. This is how I have counseled men and women and children, sharing what I’ve found in God’s Word about living that works.
Family is also important - I initially called my work Fantastic Family Ministry. Family makes you strong in the sense that you know you have a foothold somewhere. You belong someplace and the people in that place care not just whether you live or die but care about the details of your life. This is why it’s so sad for children and adults who never experienced the sense of family. Family can give you confidence and hope.  Another thing that makes you very strong is hope.
Don't you like this quote by Emily Dickinson, “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul, that sings the song without the words and never steps at all.” Say that out loud a couple of times. These very special words sound like music when spoken aloud and the words themselves uplift my soul. 
The words of Psalm 23 scream out for our full attention. “Truly the Lord is my shepherd. There is nothing I shall want.” Is this really true - can He be enough? Having lived a lifetime with Him, I know it’s rock solid truth. Jesus is enough for my soul and every soul He has created. Should all material things cease, our souls shall live on forever. Because He is my shepherd I truly feel my worth and it is forever well with my soul. May it be well with your soul today and every day.
Belden Lane the theologian said, “Divine Love is incessantly restless until it turns all woundedness into health, all deformity into beauty and all embarrassment into laughter!”

Don't Miss my Nov. 30th Angelus Gift Shop Walworth, WI Book Signing during their fun Christmas Event, Horse drawn carriage rides and refreshments. 1 pm.


It's not too late to make reservations for Milwaukee SuburbanChristian Women's Connection Events at Davian's in Menominee Falls and two other locations in Sheboygan. Dec. 16th and Dec. 17th. Call Lois 262-251-3841 The title of my talk is Stages From the Heart To the Page.